International lighting design practice Nulty said it has completed the lighting scheme for Rove Expo 2020 Hotel, the only hotel situated on Dubai’s landmark Expo 2020 site.
Located adjacent to the Al Wasl Plaza and its awe-inspiring coloured dome, the hotel has been designed as a vibrant centrepiece that reflects the Expo 2020 theme of ‘Connecting Minds and Creating the Future’.
Its interior draws inspiration from the sub-themes of the Expo, in particular the neighbouring Sustainability pavilion.
A sustainable consciousness runs throughout the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold design concept, including Nulty’s lighting scheme which is all LED and controlled by a DALI system that allows individual areas to be adjusted throughout the course of the day.
Nulty said it had worked in partnership with architecture practice RSP and contractors Arco Group to create a contemporary lighting scheme that evokes a sense of place by weaving in references to Dubai’s rich heritage and culture.
Within the hotel’s expansive open-plan ground floor, where lobby, lounge and co-working areas merge
with a bar and all-day dining café, layers of illumination add character and creativity to each individual area.
The lighting scheme also brings a sense of rhythm and cohesion to the ground floor to mark the subtle transitions between each space, said a company spokesman.
"Guests are greeted by the lobby area where industrial design details have been set against a warm but refined material palette inspired by Dubai’s urban and desert landscapes. Oversized orange pendants adorn each desk and complement a series of ornate metallic structures used to frame the reception area," he explained.
Linear lines of light illuminate each reception desk to create a floating effect and are replicated across the ceiling to add further visual interest, he added.
According to him, oversized orange pendants are a recurring theme within the neighbouring bar area
where they have been paired with intricate white metalwork to create a striking central feature.
Linear lines of illumination pick out the materiality of the wooden bar and help demark the space as an area where guests can socialise and relax after a day at the Expo site, said the company spokesman.
Contemporary ceiling pendants offer a further nod to the industrial Dubai theme and work alongside suspended track lights to strike the right balance between decorative and functional lighting, he stated.
Within The Daily, the hotel’s all-day dining café, the lighting is deliberately pared-back to complement the scheme’s modern industrial aesthetic and organic material palette, he explained.
Suspended track lighting forms a clear hierarchy of lines across the exposed industrial ceiling, while linear lines of illumination have been added to each of the minimalist furniture pieces to pick out the warmth and detail of the timber.
"In the co-working areas and meeting rooms the natural material palette has been combined with blue and green textiles and a corresponding restrained approach to lighting," said the spokesman.
"Diffused lines of light have been strategically placed throughout to create a comfortable and inviting working environment and large blue pendants provide pockets of atmospheric illumination for focused work and get-togethers," he added.-TradeArabia News Service